Treatment of gastric hemorrhage by pulverized omeprazole and antacid - Concomitant administration via a nasogastric tube

T. Yamaguchi, S. Mukai, E. Kinoshita, Hisakazu Ohtani, Y. Sawada

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Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a common episode in pediatric patients with severe motor and intellectual disabilities (SMID) and occasionally leads to a severe clinical state accompanied with nausea, hematemesis, melena, wheezing, pneumonia, anemia and/or failure to thrive. We report here a case of a 14-year-old male with Lennox syndrome who had been treated with a histamine H2 blocker intravenously or via a nasogastric tube for repeated gastric hemorrhage due to severe GER. Since his gastric hemorrhage became resistant to the H2 blocker, we decided to replace it with a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Although lansoprazole can be decapsulated for administration via a nasogastric tube, it tends to block fine tubes. The acid-sensitive drug omeprazole, another oral PPI, is commercially available as enteric-coated tablets. Therefore, we pulverized the tablets and administered omeprazole, mixed with a small amount of antacid, via a nasogastric tube. The patient's gastric hemorrhage was dramatically improved. Thus, administration of pulverized omeprazole concomitantly with antacid via a fine nasogastric tube may provide a novel approach for the treatment of chronic GER in pediatric patients with SMID.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-596
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Nov
Externally publishedYes



  • Antacid
  • Gastric hemorrhage
  • GERD
  • Nasogastric tube
  • Omeprazole

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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